September 11, 2011
Mickey Rooney's talent
It's too bad that Mickey Rooney was so distinctive personally. As an actor, this can work for or against you; you may be typecast constantly. If he were more the everyman, say like Tom Hanks, his career might have been more evenly sustained.
He had talent. He could sing, dance, play comedy and drama (like most comedic actors). He could do them all very well. Think about this, who else could hold their own against Judy Garland? And while he could match her dynamism, he could also play subdued roles equally well.
Like most people, I tend to see him in light of his Andy Hardy character, but his talents are, or were, far more extensive than that.
He was a tremendous talent and tremendously under-appreciated. I wish he had been allowed to make more movies.
Dr Feel Rotten
February 15, 2011
Some people think Rooney was at his best in the 40s and the Hardy's junk, but those were junk in comparison to his earlier works like this one and another, Little Lord Fauntleroy and the Healer aka Little pal. As he ages I think success went to his head, but he did fine later in roles after his big stardom days were over in Quicksand and some others even much later.Rooney was a true talent as a child actor...to bad he got so damned ugly.. but so did I. :0/